Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Espanyol and Tenerife face each other at RCDE Stadium in the Spanish Copa del Rey last 32, return leg. The two teams played out a goalless draw at Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez in the first leg and yet another close encounter is on the cards. Tenerife sit in the middle of the Segunda Division table ahead of the trip to Catalonia, but seeing that they are on a seven-game winless run on the road in the Spanish second tier, we do not believe that away win should be considered. Los Periquitos have been having their ups and downs in the first half of the season and, no doubt, a win over Tenerife will help the hosts regain a much-needed confidence. Espanyol are likely to fight tooth and nail in Thursday’s football match against Jose Marti’s men and we believe that they will book their place in the last 16 of the Spanish Cup.
Highlighted Player (Hernan Perez):
Hernan Perez is a 27-year-old Paraguayan winger who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol in Spanish La Liga. Perez was a late bloomer having built up his career for two different youth clubs before finding his feet with Tacuary. He made his top division debut in 2007 with them and was subsequently signed by fellow league side Club Libertad. But a serious right knee injury limited his game time at Libertad where he rarely appeared for the capital club. Perez’s redemption came at Spanish club Villarreal in 2009 where he quickly established himself in the main squad. Last year, he joined Espanyol and started showing glimpses of his skills. Perez was one of the best players for Paraguayan under-20 team at the 2009 South American Championship helping them finish in second place. His full senior debut came in the next year when he was selected to the 2011 Copa America. So far, Perez has won 26 caps.
Highlighted Team (Espanyol):
Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the team’s home kit is blue and white.
Espanyol’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona and the two teams face each other in the Catalan derby (Derbi barceloni). Espanyol have always been in Barca’s shadow, but it has to be noted that los Periquitos have won four Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup trophies).
The likes of Raul Tamudo, Jose Maria, Antonio Argiles and Mauricio Pochettino are players with most appearances for the Catalan outfit. Espanyol play their home games at Estadio Cornella-El Prat and the capacity of the stadium is 40,500. Los Periquitos have never participated in the Champions League.